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Emergency animal disease training

Animal Health Australia (AHA) helps provide education and training to its members to assist them with their responsibilities under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA). AHA helps to ensure that trained personnel are available to assist in the event of an emergency animal disease (EAD) response.

Emergency Animal Disease Training

In the event of an EAD incursion, government officers, livestock producers, private veterinary practitioners and emergency workers are called upon to help eradicate or control the disease.

EAD training aims to:

  • facilitate national consistency in delivery of EAD preparedness and response training
  • support development and availability of appropriate resources for the delivery of EAD training for all members
  • support EAD trainers to deliver EAD training to their constituents
  • ensure personnel receiving training are aware of recognised training and qualification pathways
  • facilitate contact with trained personnel in a biosecurity emergency response.

How to access EAD training

The Australian, state and territory governments train their own personnel under the Emergency Animal Disease Training Program.

Contact your state or territory training coordinator to find out about training in your jurisdictions.

AHA coordinates training of livestock industry personnel for their response roles, on request from livestock industry Members.

EAD training is delivered across Australia in a number of formats. Training frequently comprises a combination of online study, work-based tasks and recognition of existing workplace skills complemented by face-to-face workshops

National recognised training for emergency disease management

There are three specialist biosecurity emergency response qualifications available for people with responsibilities in this area and who are seeking national recognition. The qualifications are part of the PUA12 Public Safety Training Package:

  • Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations)
  • Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)
  • Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)

More information is available from your EAD training coordinator or from Animal Health Australia.


Email for further information about EAD training.

Contact your relevant training coordinator for EAD training in your jurisdiction.

Click here to login to the EAD Trainers Extranet.

National Ben Byrne (02) 6203 3913
Australian Capital Territory Wendy Townsend (02) 6205 3737
New South Wales Aaron McGifford 0447 110 970
Northern Territory Jessica Arnold (08) 8999 2298
Queensland Stacey Hook 0472 837 476
South Australia Mark Bartetzko (08) 8735 1305
Tasmania Jessica Tyson (03) 6777 2199
Victoria Martin Dillon 0436 914 979
Western Australia Belinda Dufall (08) 9892 8423

EAD Training business plan

Aligned with AHA’s Strategic Plan 2010–2015, a key initiative in the EAD preparedness program is to support the training of government and industry personnel to fill consultative committee positions and response roles in the event of an EAD response. AHA, in consultation with its members, developed the EAD Training Business Plan, which was formally endorsed by the Members Forum in 2013. In 2014, Section 6—Financial management was revised to reflect agreed core funding arrangements. The business plan aims to:

  • provide AHA members with more detail about EAD training projects than is provided in the AHA annual operating plan, to which the program is linked
  • assist AHA members to make a decision on EAD training projects before being asked to endorse the operating plan
  • provide direction to AHA members on various training project activities.

Download the EAD Training Business Plan (2015/16-2017/18)  (pdf – 626 kB) .

EAD Trainers Extranet

This password-protected area contains materials for Emergency Animal Disease Training Program, supplementary resources, draft training materials, information on skills recognition and an online discussion area to post comments about the materials or any aspect of EAD training.

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Page reviewed: 10/06/2020